January 16, 2017About
Since 1979 the Maine Jazz Camp has been introducing jazz to student musicians from all over Maine and beyond. The camp runs week-long sessions for high school and middle school students, however, college students and adults are most welcome. Each week over 50 students participate in an atmosphere of campus living and jazz music, quickly assimilating its program of ensemble playing, improvisation and theory.
Maine Jazz Camp employs a faculty of approximately a dozen professional jazz musicians who currently teach in established colleges and universities (Columbia University, New England Conservatory of Music, Berklee College of Music, etc.). The faculty are not only great jazz musicians but caring teachers who show concern for the development of the young people as they teach.
Through the years Maine Jazz Camp has played home to some of the finest musicians in jazz, including saxophonists George Garzone and Chris Potter, pianist Ran Blake and drummer Bob Gullotti.
The following is a complete list of faculty, past and present:
The asterisk * denotes original faculty member
Don Nelson* founder
Brad Terry (clarinet)
Ted Casher – a virtual celebrity from ’79-’88 at MJC
Don Nelson* who started Maine Jazz Camp
Chris Van Voorst Van Beest
Dave De Matta
Anita Hedstrom (Nurse)
Dee Casher* Ted’s wife – (Original Nurse)
Duane Minton* (Original boys’ counselor)